Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price Much cheaper $249.99 vs $1,492.01
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The best price we've seen is $1,242 cheaper (6x less)
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78:f/2.5
              DMC-FX700:f/2.2
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $229

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $88 - $99

              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Compact

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $78 - $119

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $102

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $100

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $146

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $167 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $220

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Pentax Optio VS20

              Pentax Optio VS20

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Much larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $200

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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